Contemplative Retreat for Women, 2023

Sunday, July 9, to Saturday, July 15, 2023
Facilitator(s): Deborah DeManno, Jomarie Zielke, CSA, Linda Wieser, OSF, Patti Essig, Rev. Barbara Cathey


Contemplative Retreat For Women


The Wisdom of the Universe moves through time and finds vitality in the many spiritual traditions of our day. Wisdom awakens us to the world around us and brings a deep ecological consciousness and the knowledge of our relationship with the cosmos.
This retreat for women will call together wisdom from many of the world’s spiritual resources to renew, enrich, and inspire us to be an awakened people in a world that needs our love and action.
Grounded in the emerging cosmology that integrates science and spirituality, the Contemplative Retreat for Women is a week of inner exploration through one-on-one spiritual guidance, ritual and reflection, embodied prayer such as yoga and modified T’ai Chi, and time for silent reflection.

When registering, please select your first and second preferences for Spiritual Guide.

Deb Demanno has availability
Patti Essig has availability
Jomarie Zielke has availability
Barbara Cathey has a waitlist
Linda Wieser has a waitlist

Sunday, July 9, to Saturday, July 15, 2023
The retreat begins on Sunday at 3:30pm and concludes with the mid-day meal on Saturday.
Cost of $595 includes $65 non-refundable deposit, spiritual guidance appointments, overnight accommodations, and meals.


You can register and pay online by clicking the register button on the right, by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 with a credit card number, or by mailing a check made out to Siena Retreat Center”. Payment must be received to complete registration.

Please register by Monday, June 19. By registering early, you assist us in providing quality organization and administration of our retreats and programs. We want to be fully prepared for your arrival with adequate staffing, supplies, room arrangements, and meals. We make every effort to avoid canceling retreats and programs. However, most of these events require a minimum enrollment to move forward. Registering early can help assure that the retreats and programming you look forward to participating in can happen.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on our health and safety protocols.

About the Facilitators

Deborah DeManno

Deborah DeManno is a spiritual guide, retreat facilitator, amateur photographer, and retired research scientist with a PhD in biology. She is a graduate of Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program.

Jomarie Zielke, CSA

Jomarie Zielke, CSA, is a sister of St. Agnes of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Her background includes nursing education and clinical nursing, including maternal/child care in Nicaragua. Jomarie is a graduate of Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program. She assisted in starting one-on-one spirituality services at CORE-el Centro, a non-profit organization offering affordable wellness services in Spanish and English in Milwaukee. Jomarie has also served in leadership roles in her religious community.

Linda Wieser, OSF

Linda Wieser, OSF, is a holistic body therapist, spiritual guide, and Certified Personal Life Coach who focuses on the whole person, integrating the healing of body, mind, spirit, and emotions. She holds a master’s degree from Creighton University. Linda has a waiting list.

Patti Essig

Patti Essig is a spiritual guide, yoga instructor, and Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator. She operates Yoga Energy Studio and is a practitioner of Soaring Crane QiGong.

Rev. Barbara Cathey

Rev. Barbara Cathey has a background in social work and spiritual guidance. She holds a Doctorate in Ministry from McCormick Seminary and is a retired Presbyterian Pastor. Barb currently has a waiting list for this retreat.